I'm going to talk to you about TCM Diet, also known as the Traditional Chinese Medicine Diet, and ways that Chinese medicine can help you transform your health. Within Chinese medicine there's something called The Five Elements. The Five Elements, this also stems from something called Five Elements Acupuncture, but I'll tell you, by learning these principles it's going to help you really know your own body. I think this is what everybody wants. Everybody wants to know a custom and personalized plan for them, and so I'm going to teach you in this video what type you might be so you know the exact steps you need to take to heal your body completely using TCM, that's Traditional Chinese Medicine. Traditional Chinese Medicine has been used over 4000 years and I believe today it's the most accurate way of diagnosing and treating illness, much more accurate than our conventional medical Western system today. There are Five Elements of Chinese Medicine that relate to the earth, and the way our organ system works, our five organ systems.
Let's talk about the first element. That's the Wood Element in Chinese Medicine. That has to do with springtime, also that's related to green foods. If you are struggling with a liver issue or a gallbladder issue to where you don't digest fats properly, or you have any type of liver condition, elevated liver enzymes, or you've ever been exposed to toxins, then that means you want to follow the Wood Element Diet. Now, also people can be Wood Elements, and that's me, for instance.
Wood Element people are typically very wiry, they're typically . . . you can see their veins, they typically would look like sometimes rock climbers-ish, but again they're a little bit more lean and wiry. When you hear the Wood Element, think tree roots. So think roots and how they're built. That's a Wood Element and those people tend to be more susceptible to liver and gallbladder issues and not digesting fats properly. And the emotion that they experience is frustration and sometimes anger. So think angry drunk. If you have an angry drunk what does that affect? It affects their liver and vice versa. Somebody has liver problems they can burst out in anger. So again, that's the Wood Element in Chinese Medicine. If you are having liver issues or gallbladder issues at all, gallstones, gallbladder removed, any sort of anger frustration issues, you want to start nourishing those organs. And this is the big difference in Chinese Medicine. In Western Medicine today we try and treat a disease, treat an illness; in Chinese Medicine they look to nourish an organ to help the body heal. And the foods that are most nourishing and healing to the liver and gallbladder are going to be foods that are sour. So think sauerkraut, also things like a green apple, also foods that are slightly bitter. Foods that are mostly sour and slightly bitter are the most nourishing, and foods that are very green. Wood Element, think trees, think green, think grass, so vegetables like fresh salad and spinach, veggies juices, herbs like milk thistle and dandelion. Also bluporum is another one in Chinese Medicine, and then green apples, but think green foods, fresh foods, living foods, those are going to be the best for healing the liver and the gallbladder in foods that are sour.
The next element in Chinese Medicine is going to be your Earth Element, and the Earth Element is going to be for people that tend to be a little bit more round. Sometimes people that tend to be a little more jolly. Sometimes they'll get some redness in their cheeks. The Earth Element tends to be people that emotionally struggle with worry, and it also from a seasonal standpoint has to do with the fall harvest. People that are the Earth Element tend to struggle with candida. So if you're a person that you know you're a chronic worrier or if you've ever struggled with candida, the Chinese Medicine or TCM Diet can help you. Specifically, you want to do foods that nourish the spleen and so that's connected to the spleen and stomach. Those foods are going to be warming vegetables that are just mildly sweet like pumpkin, sweet potato, butternut squash, spaghetti squash, even corn, those foods that are lightly sweet and nourish those organs. Now on the flip end, obviously you have the candida or you're an Earth Element person, you don't want to get too much sweet so it's all about balance. If you get too much sweet it totally burns out your spleen and your stomach, versus lightly sweet, you have a little bit of pumpkin or a little bit of butternut squash, things that are just mildly sweet, those are nourishing to those organs if you're consuming just one to two servings a day. So a person that's that type of body type, you want to do let's say a diet that's high in things like bone broth and organic meat and also some good starchy vegetables. Think as a meal, Shepherd's Pie. That's a great example of a diet that an Earth Element person would benefit from. The number three Element we're going to focus on now is the Metal Element. The Metal Element are typically people that have big, strong, bold features. If you think of a big muscular linebacker, somebody that's sort of chiseled and built like stone, that's a Metal Element in Chinese Medicine. That's their typical build, and those people tend to struggle emotionally with grief and sadness, sometimes depression, those would be those negative emotions they experience that can affect specifically the lung and the colons. The Metal Element has to do with your immune system.
If you've ever struggled with any type of immune system issue or immune weakness, you want to consume foods that support, whether that's autoimmune disease or food sensitivity or food allergies, any of those issues are signs that you should be really supporting that immune system. White foods really support the immune system and the lungs. So think horseradish, think white potatoes, think garlic and onions and cauliflower. All of those foods are very nourishing to a Metal Element. So again, getting a lot of those immune foods like garlic and onions, cauliflower, those things are very nourishing, and then also probiotic-rich foods like yogurt and kefir are great for those, and raw cheeses, like a raw sheep's cheese, those are really nourishing to the Metal Element. The number four Element we've got to take care of is going to be your Water Element. The Water Element is really related to the health of your kidneys and your adrenal glands, which can sometimes even go and affect the thyroid, but the adrenal glands and kidneys specifically. So if you ever struggle with any type of infection, any type of fatigue or low energy levels or adrenal fatigue issues or chronic fatigue, those are warning signs that you need to nourish those organs. Also, any hormone imbalance. If you're a person that struggles with early menopause or PCOS or any hormonal issue, you want to follow those and support the Water Element in Chinese Medicine. The Water Element tends to struggle with fear. They become fearful, and if you think about this that's tied to an organ. If you get extremely fearful people can actually urinate themselves because that affects the kidneys. Well, think about doing that in a light way day after day, you lightly affect the kidneys and the adrenal glands. You wear those organs out in that way.
So the way you want to support those organs is doing dark colored nutrient-dense foods. Think berries like blueberries and blackberries, cranberries, also think beets and spinach and seaweed, very dark antioxidant rich foods. The fifth Element in Chinese Medicine is the Fire Element, and that emotion tends to be somebody that's very fiery or passionate, think the summer months. The best foods for that are spicy foods, and that's going to be things like cayenne pepper, it's going to be Mexican food, it's going to be corn tortillas, it's going to be hot sauce. So again, foods that are very warming and hot to the body, those are going to be the best; salsa, even guacamole, those things are great for a Fire Element and that's typically Fire Element is acid reflux. If you have acid reflux or a heart issue, such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure or circulatory issues, you're going to want to follow the Chinese Medicine tips and diet to help heal the Fire Element. So guys, I could go on and on and on about this.